extended power outage? What if another essential service you count on is lost? If you have been following Do 1 Thing Business each month, you may have already done some contingency planning.
A contingency plan is a “what-if” plan. By thinking through the possibilities now, you make it easier to make good decisions when something goes wrong.
Some contingencies to consider are:
- What if you had to operate with less staff?
- What if your key supplier or major customer shut down?
- What if your building is inside a chemical release zone and has to stay empty for days?
Create a planning team of key staff members to talk through these and other “what-if” questions. Rank them by probability and severity. Are they low or high-frequency events? Are they low or high-impact when they do occur? High-frequency/high-impact events should be your priority for contingency planning. After that look at low-frequency/high-impact events.
Contingency plans can equip you to protect your business in a changing world.
- Follow a planning process
- Determine your risks
- Define essential functions
- Design a plan
- Test, train, and exercise the plan
- Distribute and update the plan